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Fraudulent construction scheme cards

Construction scheme card fraud is a serious issue for the industry. We work closely with the police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to gather evidence to prosecute fraudulent behaviour and bring criminals to account. We are also committed to preventing fraud.

How to tell a fraudulent card

There are usually a number of security features built into a construction scheme card.

In a genuine CSCS card, it will have:

  • a CSCS hologram in the top left-hand corner
    • if you move the card slightly you will see the words ‘Construction Skill Certification Scheme’ in the reflective part
  • a photo of the person on the right hand side of the card
    • the photo should have a good likeness of the person before you
  • the card holder's name printed below the CSCS hologram
  • the card holder's registration number printed below their name along with the card’s expiry date. 
  • the registration number is repeated on the back of the card
  • a small silver ‘HS&E Tested’ logo in a silver coloured box next to the ID photo or a gold coloured ‘HS&E Tested’ logo in a gold coloured box next to the ID photo
  • the card colour going right to the edge of the card
    • some forgeries have what appears to be a white edge to the front of the card
  • printing and colours which are sharp and clear
    • many forgeries have spelling mistakes or blurred or dull printing.

To find out more about how to tell a genuine CSCS card from a fraudulent one, visit the CSCS website.

Alternatively, use our online Card Checker - if it is a genuine card, you should be able to find it on the system.

What to do with a possible fraudulent card

If you suspect a worker of using a fraudulent card to work or enter a construction site:

  • retain the card if possible
  • make photocopies of front and back of the card
  • record cardholder’s name and address
  • ask the cardholder where the card was obtained from
  • call the local police and report the matter
  • refuse the worker access to the site (subject to company rules)

If it is a suspected fraudulent CSCS card:

  • send copies of all evidence, marked "SUSPECTED FRAUDULENT CARD" with crime reference number given by the local police to:

    Operations Team
    CSCS Ltd
    The Buuilding Centre
    26 Store Street
    WC1E 7BT
  • inform CITB by post, marking it for the attention of the Fraud Investigator, or email making sure to include:
    • a copy of all evidence
    • the crime number given by the local police.

CITB and CSCS will fully support any prosecution with technical and factual evidence.

Other fraudulent activity

We are also committed to minimising fraudulent activity in the delivery of the CPCS scheme. This includes the unauthorised publication of CPCS theory test questions and answers for the use in the technical tests. 

Where we find published papers on the internet, we will seek to remove them and take legal action against the publishers. 

The purchase and use of these papers as a training/revision aid is not supported by the CPCS scheme. Using them could result in revising the wrong information and failing the theory test.  

The use of this material may be viewed as cheating and any card being issued as a result being revoked. 

Should you be approached or made aware of web pages offering this service, please email full details to where we shall investigate further.